KMR Audio was founded in 2003 by a small team of audio bods, all obsessed with music and the recording process. The intention from the beginning with KMR was to be a home for high-end studio equipment; anything that we thought was a genuinely good piece of recording gear that could prove useful in a session (didn’t matter how much it was or who made it) we wanted to make available to our customers. We also wanted to make sure we had a strong working relationship with the manufacturer so that anything we sold could be supported fully – there’s no point in something sounding good if it goes down during a session. And these remain our guiding principles when it comes to the manufacturers we work with – amazing sounding gear, and professional levels of support.
Since our humble beginnings representing only a handful of brands, we now carry everything worth carrying with hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of demonstration, new and used gear in stock. We’re pretty sure there is no better stocked dedicated studio supplier outside the States with our variety of classic and esoteric products on display or for purchase.
Our home since the very beginning has been in leafy North London, at the very top of the Northern Line and (although stretching the concept of actually being in London), we are on the Tube and have excellent transport links close by with the M25, M1, North Circ and various airports within striking distance. We’re always blown away by how far people will travel to visit us; we’ve had visitors from all over Europe, North & South America, Asia and Australia. Part of the reason for this is our (head spinningly dazzling) showroom that also houses all our stock, which includes everything from basic cabling requirements to consoles, main monitors, outboard and mics of all shapes sizes and prices as well as a burgeoning high-end synthesizer selection. The other reason people travel from so far to visit us is our knowledge and passion for what we do.
All our sales and tech team have true technical chops - all of us have worked in studios and been embedded in the industry for decades. Always keen to share/show-off our knowledge, we encourage anyone who is serious about music production and needs advice to contact us. We have no agenda other than to honestly share our opinions and make a friend, who we then hope will become a customer for life. Staying in business is important, but staying in business with integrity and a firm eye on the long term is even more so.
KMR really has become a home in the last 17 years, not just for the those of us that work here (having not succeeded with earning a decent living purely from music production), but for all our suppliers and customers from around the world. We consider ourselves part of the wider audio community, and are foremostly decent people who genuinely love what we do – we want to look after you and your studio and help you make beautiful music!
Please let me know if we ever fall short of these commitments or if you have any suggestions for us – Keith Malin (co-founder and Managing Director)
Meet The Team.
Tom Lewis | Synthesizer Product Specialist
Tom has been part of the music retail scene since 2004 and has worked in many different roles throughout his career. Since 2014 he's been working for KMR as our synthesizer product specialist and has been responsible for all things that bleep.
Favourite Gear: Moog ONE.
Gear Expertise: Synthesizers, Modular, Drum Machines and Samplers.
Musical Influences: Deftones, Aphex Twin, Reuben, Orphx, Jon Hopkins.
E-Mail: Tom@kmraudio.com | Tel: +44 (0) 20 84452446
Nick Stringer | Pro Audio Sales Manager
Nick Stringer has been with KMR Audio since 2011, he has a long history of working in the pro audio industry and studied foley and sound design. He might struggle playing guitar but can tell you everything you need to know about studio gear.
Favourite Gear: Barefoot MM12's.
Gear Expertise: Audio Interfaces, Speakers, Microphones
Musical Influences: Bob Dylan, Blues Brothers, Planetary Assault System, Sam Fox, Oasis.
E-Mail: Nickstringer@kmraudio.com | Tel: +44 (0) 20 84452446
Stefan Pope | Pro Audio Sales Specialist
What Stefan doesn't know about studio gear isn't worth knowing. He has a deep and intricate knowledge of everything from large format recording consoles, to outboard to converters.
Favourite Gear: AMS Neve 1073.
Gear Expertise: Large Format Recording Consoles, Outboard, Audio Interfaces, Speakers, Microphones
Musical Influences: Jimi Hendrix, Beatles, Polvo, Village People, Kylie Minogue.
E-Mail: Stefan@kmraudio.com | Tel: +44 (0) 20 84452446
Keith Malin | Managing Director
Co-founded KMR in 2003. Since KMR became a proper business, I now spend more time buried in business stuff rather than audio stuff – but this is all to the good as it allows our talented and experienced team to focus their energies on the gear, knowing that the lights will stay on and everyone will get paid!
Favourite Gear: Crane Song STC8.
Musical Influences: Stevie Wonder, Todd Terje, Frank Zappa.
E-Mail: Keith@kmraudio.com | Tel: +44 (0) 20 84452446